A week ago, we had reported that VW had discontinued the Passat for the Indian market and that it would bring a new one here over the course of 2014. Now, the company has issued a statement saying that car is still very much on sale for the Indian market.
A press release from the German automaker said, "We at Volkswagen continue to sell the current generation of the Passat through our dealer network. As with all our products, serviceability and availability of spares will never be an issue. The requirements of every Passat customer will be catered to with meticulous attention."
First launched in India in 2010, the Passat is offered with a 2.0 TDI diesel engine and the price ranges from Rs 26 lakh for the base Trendline version to Rs 32 lakh for the top-of-the-line Highline version. It faces competition from other luxury sedans like the Toyota Camry, Skoda Superb, Nissan Teana, Honda Accord (now discontinued) and even from some SUVs like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
Though the 2014 Passat has been launched internationally, Volkswagen is taking its time to bring it to India. The company statement continued, “Globally the next generation of the Passat is being readied and we shall introduce it in the Indian market at the appropriate time."